Santiago de Compostela

João Onofre

Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea

One hears a noise of unknown origin and, after a few disturbing moments, sees a vulture burst into a room. The surprise is terrible—and it is no trick. What was going through Portuguese artist João Onofre’s head when he decided to bring about such a situation, recorded in his video Untitled (Vulture in the Studio), 2002? In an unfamiliar environment, the wild animal climbs onto the tables mounted on easels that enclose the studio space, nibbling on the sheets of paper pinned to the wall as well as the books and catalogues arranged on shelves, and tries to take flight—a short, frustrated flight, given the limited space.

According to Onofre, he had no idea what the bird would do. This search for the unforeseeable is a constant in his work—of which we got a good sample in this exhibition of seven video projections. Three take place in Onofre’s Lisbon studio: Untitled (Vulture in the Studio),

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